Calling all teachers! Florida Farm Bureau Classroom Mini-Grant Applications are now available.
Florida Farm Bureau provides an array of resources to help educators and consumers learn more about agriculture. Their membership programs provide opportunities for farm families to support agriculture in our state.
Teachers can Apply for $250 Classroom Mini Grant
From helping teachers to growing tomorrow’s leaders to helping the rural and urban communities connect, Farm Bureau volunteers are instrumental in keeping agriculture strong. Florida Farm Bureau provides teachers with multiple resources to help educate students about agriculture.
The Women’s Leadership Committee provides multiple $250 mini-grants to certified Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-K to 12th grade levels. The mini-grant program supports agricultural education in the classroom. The goal of the FFBF Classroom Mini-Grant is intended to increase awareness and understanding of agriculture among students and educators.
Grants Available to Teachers of All Grades
Entries are encouraged in any subject area, here are some suggestions: Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Science and Environmental Education. A thorough and complete application has the best chance at being awarded. Projects that have costs that exceed the $250 Mini-Grant amount are still encouraged to apply. Include in your application that you intend to secure additional funding for the project if appropriate.
All certified Florida teachers engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade levels who integrate agricultural concepts into everyday core curricula are eligible to apply.
“Agriculture impacts every person daily, from the food they eat to the clothes they wear,” said Michele Curts, Florida Farm Bureau leadership programs coordinator. “It’s vital that students understand the importance of agriculture and teachers see how easy it is to integrate agriculture into core academic subjects like math, science, language arts and social studies.”
Grant applications are due Oct. 1, 2021. Recipients of the grant will be notified no later than Nov. 16 via email. Educators can apply for the grant by visiting https://floridafarmbureau.formstack.com/forms/mini_grant_2022.
The Mini-Grant Program is part of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s commitment to support agricultural education in classrooms across Florida. A total of up to $20,000 will be awarded in mini-grants throughout the 2021-22 school year. Last year, 83 Florida teachers received grant funding for agricultural projects. Florida Farm Bureau has awarded more than $250,000 in total grants toward promoting agriculture in the classroom since the program’s inception in 1998.
A final report after the completion of the project, including photographs and description of the project, will be required.
For further assistance, please contact Taylor Swoyer by calling (352) 384-2630 or via email at Taylor.Swoyer@ffbf.org. To begin the application and to see full criteria, visit them online.